Dr. Jennie Z. Young, the Executive Director of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS), was invited to appear before the House of Commons of Canada Standing Committee on Science & Research (SRSR Committee) on January 31st, 2022. Dr. Young spoke on the enormous societal challenge and urgent need to understand the brain – in health, development, disease, and resilience – as imperative moonshot that will be critical to Canada’s success and well-being in the 21st century.
Fifteen health charities, non-profits, and science organizations supporting research and services for brain disorders submitted briefs in alignment with this call. The brief submitted by the CBRS can be downloaded here. All submissions to this study are available on the House of Commons website.
The SRSR Committee is comprised of Members of Parliament across all political parties. In the current study, the committee aimed to learn about International Moonshot Programs that aim to “resolve difficult environmental and social problems, set ambitious research and development programs, and attract researchers from around the world”. The SRSR Committee also aims to make recommendations to Government on what a “moonshot program” could look like here in Canada.